Having arrived late on Friday Noel and I collected a hire car and Noel, Max, Rose and I had breakfast with Lynne who had kindly turned up with the rest of the luggage we had brought from the UK.

Somehow we got 4 of us and ALL our luggage into the hire car and set off on the drive to Napier.

We stopped a couple of times to look at the views and then stopped at Tirau for some lunch.

Approaching Taupo. I know it shouldn’t but this sign always makes me duck…


Max and Noel, and in the background Lake Taupo and beyond are Mt Tongariro and Mt Ngauruhoe.

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